by Scott Bleiweis, July 24, 2012
One of my primary interests regarding government is how countries transition to democracy from another form of rule, and why some places seem to have more success with this than others. For countries formerly under the influence of the Soviet Union, some have seen democracy establish a strong foothold, whereas others face a constant struggle to fight off (figuratively, though sometimes literally) a return to autocracy. (more) http://ow.ly/1lBCFZ
FPI Executive Director Jamie Fly discussed Syria and the Bulgaria bombing with Matt Duss: http://ow.ly/1lzJhp
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General (Photo: NATO)
Jorge Benitez, NATO Source, July 19, 2012
From Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO: I strongly condemn the outrageous terrorist attack in Burgas, which cost the lives of several people and wounded many others.
I offer my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of this shocking act.
Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations can never be tolerated or justified. http://ow.ly/1lu64n
Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Jorge Benitez, NATOSource, July 18, 2012
From Barack Obama, White House: I strongly condemn today’s barbaric terrorist attack on Israelis in Bulgaria. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured, and with the people of Israel, Bulgaria, and any other nation whose citizens were harmed in this awful event. These attacks against innocent civilians, including children, are completely outrageous. The United States will stand with our allies, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack. As Israel has tragically once more been a target of terrorism, the United States reaffirms our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security, and our deep friendship and solidarity with the Israeli people. http://ow.ly/1lsWvL
English: EU, Candidate countries, other European countries. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe, Monday, July 16, 2012
When Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in December 2007, all the member states knew that neither country was ready.
The European Commission’s regular progress reports had repeatedly criticized the countries’ endemic corruption, the weak judiciary, the incompetent administrations, the widespread criminal networks, and the trafficking.
Nevertheless, they got in. And to compound the initial error, the EU made no workable provisions to deal with countries which disregard the rule of law once they have been admitted… (more) http://ow.ly/1lpzHM